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Afternoon folks,

 

The main cockpit section is more or less done. I've made and added the small throttle boxes which are against the cockpit sidewalls on the Shackleton (one for each pilot) and then I gave the interior a spraying of matt black. The centre floor panel in the rear cabin was picked out in a dark reddy-brown, as I'd seen in the Charlwood machine which has a sort of lino flooring. Then it was just a case of some light scuff marks on the floor, and adding the pre-made parts to the correct position in the cabin and flightdeck. 

 

49901230471_9870802a49_z.jpgS1030334 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

49901231116_1f162800eb_z.jpgS1030329 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

49901541952_614d1bd933_z.jpgS1030323 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

49900716073_a37c31fa51_z.jpgS1030311 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

49901542607_d2e7e3b9ef_z.jpgS1030338 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

49900714843_aa3105b5d7_z.jpgS1030332 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

49900715118_c491236cc9_z.jpgS1030330 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

The detail and parts I've added will be perfectly adequate for what's going to be seen through the cockpit windows - which is best described as very little:

 

49901231471_013fa25695_z.jpgS1030327 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

49901232106_568f25aaf2_z.jpgS1030309 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

The next job is to finish off the cabin roof and make the upper pilots' panel, and then I can think about attaching the roof permanently and blend it all in.

 

Happy modelling and stay safe,

Tom 

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On 5/16/2020 at 4:46 PM, Learstang said:

Great work on that cockpit, Tom!

 

Regards,

 

Jason

Thanks, Jason. 
 

I'm going to try and get around to finishing off the upper cockpit/fuselage area this week and then I can blend the whole section in. I’ve run out of P38 filler though which will slow progress somewhat. 
 

Tom

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Howdy Partners :)

 

I hope everyone is faring OK in these strange times.

 

A little more Shackleton progress to update you on...

 

I have been working on getting the cockpit roof attached to the fuselage of late. I spent a fun (not) couple of hours finishing the making of the sills for the transparent parts to sit on when the time comes - Evergreen to the rescue once again:

 

49973260851_783d3c9fc7_z.jpgIMG_0191 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

With that done, I made the pilots' overhead panel from some generic bits and bobs from the spares box - not particularly accurate but it's almost impossible to see it once the roof is on - and sprayed the inside of the cockpit roof matt black:

 

49973261346_67252a18eb_z.jpgIMG_0202 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

A final test-fit then followed to ensure all of the interior fits as it should - which thankfully it did:

 

49973261271_39c4304f12_z.jpgIMG_0204 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

You can see how little of the interior is actually visible, which is why I haven't really gone to town on the insides.

 

Before finally attaching the roof section I made some more tabs to ensure a strong and secure join, and then masked the windows from the inside to keep dust and future paint out of the flightdeck. I then slathered P-38 automotive filler over the joins and allowed everything to settle for a couple of days before attacking it with the sandpaper.

 

49973261151_6d6a34f5a7_z.jpgIMG_0207 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

As you can see things have gone reasonably well, but there is a pronounced dip where the cross-hatched area is that'll need more filler. This was due to me not being careful enough when constructing the fuselage but P-38 is the scratch-builder's best friend and it should make light work of this.

 

You can see the 'dip' more clearly when a straight line is superimposed on the pictures:

 

49973261056_8795fd2b67_z.jpgIMG_0209 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

So here's the state of play now - some more filling and sanding over the weekend and then some primer to see how it's all bedded in:

 

49973521257_e458ca2e4f_z.jpgIMG_0206 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

Until next time,

Tom

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1 hour ago, tomprobert said:

I made the pilots' overhead panel from some generic bits and bobs from the spares box

Looks like the face of a T1154 radio, and nicely painted as well! It should be down the back, but I'll not tell anyone....

t1154front.jpg

 

 

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1 hour ago, mackem01 said:

Getting to the stage where you have to resist the urge to rush to the finish line!

Fear not - no danger of rushing here! Before paint (which is creeping closer) I have to detail the wheel bays, do the undercarriage, finish the engines and detail the flaps and their bays. And with a baby due in three week's time, progress will continue to be on the slower end of the scale.

58 minutes ago, Dave Swindell said:

Looks like the face of a T1154 radio, and nicely painted as well! It should be down the back, but I'll not tell anyone....

 

That's exactly what it is - I had it left over from a 1/32nd ID Models Lanc I did years ago and didn't use. Not correct for the Shack to be fair but I won't tell anyone if you don't...

 

Tom

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It looks like you'll finish your 1/32nd scale MR.2 before I finish my 1/72nd scale MR.2, Tom!

 

Regards,

 

Jason

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3 hours ago, tomprobert said:

And with a baby due in three week's time,

Be fair, we don't do Paternity leave on Britmodeller. The clock is ticking. 🍼 🍼

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On 6/5/2020 at 7:21 PM, Pete in Lincs said:

Be fair, we don't do Paternity leave on Britmodeller. The clock is ticking. 🍼 🍼

Ha! It’s amazing that I started this build a few weeks before my daughter was born, and now here we are 4+ years later and I’m still at it. With the new arrival things will no doubt slow down even more!

 

Speaking if which, I’m off to the garden now to do some more sanding and blending if cockpit contours. 
 

Tom

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Second round of filling/sanding on the cockpit now complete - and a shot of grey primer to check how things look. Pretty happy with that - a few tiny blemishes to sort when the filler is next out, but nothing too drastic. And boy am I glad to see the back of that hideous brown/orange filler primer!

 

49980163481_2de90e338a_z.jpgUntitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

49980138651_90de994aba_z.jpg by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

Not sure what to tackle next - finish off the engine nacelles, make a start on the flaps or possibly even the undercarriage bays. Decisions, decisions. 

 

Stay safe all,

Tom

 

 

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4 hours ago, tomprobert said:

Ha! It’s amazing that I started this build a few weeks before my daughter was born, and now here we are 4+ years later and I’m still at it.

See! You're obviously spending too much time doing things which are "not modelling"......

Ian

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4 hours ago, tomprobert said:

Second round of filling/sanding on the cockpit now complete - and a shot of grey primer to check how things look. Pretty happy with that - a few tiny blemishes to sort when the filler is next out, but nothing too drastic. And boy am I glad to see the back of that hideous brown/orange filler primer!

Oh, I don't know Tom. I think I'm going to miss old 'Orangie'.

 

Best Regards,

 

Jason

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Looking much better round the canopy now Tom and not just because it's grey!

 

I didn't know you had another little modeller on the way. Congratulations doesn't sound right and neither does well done, so what ever I should say, you know what I mean 😂

 

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Things coming on apace. I always look forward to your updates.

 

Once finished, you may want to celebrate with a tot of this.......

 

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/76191/avro-shackleton-12-year-old

 

Trevor

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3 hours ago, limeypilot said:

See! You're obviously spending too much time doing things which are "not modelling"......

Ian

I wish... :D

1 hour ago, Learstang said:

Oh, I don't know Tom. I think I'm going to miss old 'Orangie'.

 

Best Regards,

 

Jason

I've got to be honest and I can't claim the colour grows on you after a while, but being in grey has suddenly made it a lot more business-like...

50 minutes ago, woody37 said:

Looking much better round the canopy now Tom and not just because it's grey!

 

I didn't know you had another little modeller on the way. Congratulations doesn't sound right and neither does well done, so what ever I should say, you know what I mean 😂

 

Thanks, Neil - I'm pleased with the shape of the cockpit which would have always made or broken this project. Now it's all faired in and in grey it'll do nicely. 

 

The new addition is due on 28th June so three weeks today. I'm going to have to make the most of the last few weeks before my world gets turned upside down again. Part of me is dreading going back to the sleepless nights and nappies, but the other part cannot wait!

39 minutes ago, Max Headroom said:

Things coming on apace. I always look forward to your updates.

 

Once finished, you may want to celebrate with a tot of this.......

 

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/76191/avro-shackleton-12-year-old

 

Trevor

Oooohhhh - I like a drop or ten of whiskey so that might be a pleasant upgrade on my current tipple which is Glenmorangie :)

35 minutes ago, Marklo said:

Wonderful work. I sort of liked the orange.

It was a vile colour, in my humble opinion, but certainly did a good job in smoothing my ham-fisted attempts to join lots of scraps of plastic together!

32 minutes ago, Gundylunch said:

Have just seen this over on Facebook - interesting colour scheme - https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=792188221314243&set=gm.2952699511511824

I can't get the link to work... says content not available..?

 

Tom

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Hi Tom,

 

OK, go to here:- Aircraft & Airshows of the 70's 80's & 90's on Facebook, it's about the 3rd post by Derek Hemingway,

 

Jeff

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